At October’s grand opening of the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons, people were impressed by the size and scope of the project. Now that students are attending classes in the building, the excitement remains high.
And why not? The three-story, 175,000-square-foot building includes classroom space for both the Medical College of Georgia and the College of Dental Medicine; a 40,000-square-foot interprofessional simulation center; two 300-seat auditoriums; 13 learning communities; and 13 small-group classrooms.
The unique building was made possible by the combination of $42 million in state bond funding and $34.5 million raised through private philanthropy, including a $10 million gift by the late Dr. Harrison, a renowned vascular surgeon and 1948 MCG alum, and his wife, Sue.